Hampton Arts Cinema

2 Brook Road,
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

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Hampton Arts Cinema

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Built as the Hampton Star Theatre in 1927. It was closed in 1932 when it was damaged by a fire. It reopened in 1947 as a summer theatre, and then switched to movies. The Brandt chain operated this theatre which booked upscale product for the West Hampton crowd.

Contributed by RobertR

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robboehm
robboehm on November 25, 2010 at 7:47 am

Well, at least during the summer there was a sign saying the marquee was being repaired. But the last time I went by the sign was down. Perhaps in prep for the new marquee?

robboehm
robboehm on January 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Happy to report the marquee has been returned to the facade of the theatre. According to the original banner it was to have been repaired. However, driving by it looked new albeit the same. Wow, is it ever bright now. And they actually sprung for new letters for the signage.

robboehm
robboehm on February 23, 2013 at 7:23 am

In a surprise move, the theater which usually operates year ‘round, closed suddenly for a break before spring. Don’t think this was intended but the severe weather with it’s lingering snow must have been a factor. Also, in 2013 the bargain Tuesdays now cost $ 5.00 rather than the previous $ 4.00. Still a major bargain.

chelydra
chelydra on February 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Major screw-up, which I hope the management can undo – uploaded an old article about a painting stolen from the Hampton Arts lobby, and somehow it displaced a perfectly good photo of the theater itself! Cannot find any trace of the previous photo. Maybe it can be found, or maybe someone can find a substitute to upload?

chelydra
chelydra on February 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Apologies to RobertR, contributor of the accidentally deleted picture. I found a few substitutes on Google images (three almost certainly public domain, one originally in Newsday), but am unable to get them to appear in the Overview picture slot (can’t deletes the article scan to make the theater move into its place, either). I emailed the site managers to see if they can fix this, hopefully even restore RobertR’s.

robboehm
robboehm on March 7, 2013 at 7:01 am

Turns out the closure wasn’t weather related but a problem with the heating system which caused a potential fire hazard. Since they had to shut the system down this could further impact the infrastructure as temperatures plummet.

robboehm
robboehm on March 20, 2013 at 5:11 am

When doing some research on another theater I came upon information which indicated that the current building was built in 1927 but was damaged by fire in 1932 and closed. At that time the address was 6 Corners and it was called the Hampton Star. Corners are gone and now there is a traffic circle. The theater reopened in 1947. It operated as a summer theater for a time before returning to movies.

robboehm
robboehm on April 12, 2013 at 11:21 am

Theater has reopened. Now all that remains are Long Beach (recovering from Sandy), Islip (renovating and under new management, Soundview (renovating and under new management) and the Westbury (renovating as a performing arts center).

fred1
fred1 on April 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm

The Soundview will open by the end of April

robboehm
robboehm on April 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

So they said. But the shopping center has been in foreclosure. To do all they want to do is going to take more than a month. You may recall that the original projected opening date was Fall 2012 The Westbury was supposed to be open in March 2012. Still no word. The Suffolk, when it opened last month, was many months late. Islip is supposed to be open by the end of April. Doubt it. There are major problems with that building. The new management said they were going to put $400,000 into it. An informed source told me it would take closer to a million. An earlier newspaper article indicated that the remediation of the real problem would cost more than the value of the building. And Long Beach in general is still a mess.

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